We will continue our journey in the book of Acts discussing the supernatural. The last few weeks we picked up Paul’s journey back to Jerusalem in Acts 21: Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul's belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, "The Holy Spirit declares, 'So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.'"
We have been discussing how the Gifts of the Holy Spirit were important to the early church and how we need the nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit personally and corporately even more today. There are nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit before we continue in Acts 21: The Nine Gifts are divided into three categories of three: First week we discussed the Three Gifts to Say (Speak). Then we studied the Three Gifts to Know Gifts or Revelation Gifts and they often can work together. Today we continue to look at the three Gifts to Do (Gift of Working of Miracles)! A portion of the material comes from the great teacher Kenneth Hagin who is now with the Lord.
The Gift of the Working of Miracles is NOT to be described or defined as the word "miracle" which we use as a figure of speech: "miracle" drugs, "miracle" fabrics, the "miracle" of a beautiful rose, the "miracle of a child being born, etc. Specifically, the rising of the sun, the growth and the development of a rose, and the birthing of a child are all "natural" acts as designed by God to function in their way in the ordinary course of nature. Generally speaking, they might be considered miracles but not a direct result of the Gift of Miracles. The same is true in the spiritual realm regarding the "miracle" of salvation. Generally speaking, salvation is a miracle; specifically speaking, though, salvation isn't any more of a miracle than a natural birth is a miracle. In the supernatural realm, the new birth is a very natural or normal occurrence.
Let’s look at some examples of the Gift of Miracles beginning with the Old Testament first:
Moses and the dividing of the Red Sea; "And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea....But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left." Exodus 14:26-29. This was the working of a miracle in that it was a divine intervention in the ordinary course of nature. It also took the gift of faith to sustain this miracle as on ongoing act (until all of the Israelites reached the other side of the shore).
Solid iron axe head made to float in Jordan River; "But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed. And the man of God (Elisha) said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim. Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it." 2 Kings 6:5-7. We know that iron will not float in water. Again, this was the working of a miracle in that it was a divine intervention in the ordinary course of nature.
A few examples of the gift of the working of miracles from the New Testament: Jesus fed five thousand with just a little boy's lunch"; There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. ...Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world." (John 6:10-14).
We will probably spend next week discussing a few more instances where the Gift of Miracles is seen in operation so it will build our faith and let us know that Father God can use any of us who will believe.
Prayer Points: Father God in Jesus name help us to realize that your supernatural power is guided through our imperfect lives. Moses though not perfect was used to part the Red Sea. Father, help us not to focus on what we can do but what You can do through us and that You desire to use us in the supernatural.